News

Apparently everyone loves ‘Game of Thrones’

Apparently everyone loves ‘Game of Thrones’

SO POPULAR:"Game of Thrones" is no threat to Tony Soprano. Photo: Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s Emmy-award winning fantasy epic, has surpassed “The Sopranos” as its most popular series ever, the premium cable network said on Thursday.

Episodes in the fourth season of the show have an average gross audience of 18.4 million, including repeat showings, video on demand and mobile streaming, which broke the record of 18.2 million set by the 2002 season of the mobster drama, “The Sopranos.”

Video on demand and delayed viewing habits have changed significantly since 2002, with more options being open to television audiences.

Season three of the show averaged 14.4 million viewers per episode. Two episodes of the fourth season have yet to be aired, with the finale set for June 15. HBO has already committed to making seasons five and six.

The series on Time Warner Inc-owned HBO network features dragons, castles and dragons. It is based on the best-selling books by fantasy and science fiction writer George R.R. Martin about fictional, medieval families fighting for control of a mythical land.

The show, which first aired in 2011, stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams, and is sold to more than 200 markets outside the United States.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Sept. 18

In this undated photo, Jimi Hendrix performs with a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. The Stratocaster, used by countless professional and amateur musicians, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014.

A look back on some of Hollywood's most memorable moments.

in Sports

Cardinals RB Dwyer arrested on assault charges

NFL logo on the field before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Phoenix police announced the arrest Wednesday, the latest in the string of cases involving off-the-field violence by NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. He has been deactivated from all team activities.

in Sports

Vikings bar Peterson from team activities

Minnesota Vikings executive vice president & general manager Rick Spielman, left, owner/chairman Mark Wilf, center, and executive vice president legal affairs Kevin Warren, right, take part in a news conference in Eden Prairie, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, owner Zygi Wilf said that the team "made a mistake" in bringing back their superstar running back following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says the team "made a mistake" in bringing back Adrian Peterson following his felony child-abuse charge

in Sports

Bayern beats Man City in Champions League

Bayern's Jerome Boateng, left, celebrates after he scored his side first goal during the Champions League Group E soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City at Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014. Right are Bayern's Juan Bernat.

Jerome Boateng scored in the 90th minute to give Bayern Munich a victory over Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.

in Sports

Panthers remove DE Greg Hardy from active roster

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) runs on the the field during player introductions before the start of an NFL football game in Charlotte, NC, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

The Panthers have removed Greg Hardy from the team's active roster until his domestic violence case is resolved.

Bellingham Traffic